England ‘need’ Wilshere for the World Cup, says Campbell

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Injuries are the only thing that have held the Arsenal midfielder back in his career, the former Three Lions defender has argued

Former Arsenal star Sol Campbell has backed Jack Wilshere for inclusion in England’s World Cup squad.

The 26-year-old midfielder has been called into Gareth Southgate’s squad for the first time in two years ahead of friendlies against Netherlands and Italy.

Campbell believes that the Gunner is a “wonderful” player and should be someone that the Three Lions should take to Russia in the summer.

“He’s a wonderful player,” Campbell told Talksport. “The only thing that has held him back is injuries and that’s such a shame, because he’s got great tenacity, great footwork and speed and knowledge.

“He’s got great drive and he’s got a good goal in him too.

“I’m pleased for him. England need that type of player who can play in tight areas and make thing happen.”

However, the former centre-back, who won 73 caps for his country, does not think he is yet at the stage of playing at his best.

“Jack needs games. He needs regular games, he needs to build up that stamina and he needs to get that rhythm going,” he said.

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“If he stays fit all the way until the end of the season he should be in that squad, for sure.”

Wilshere has turned out 33 times for Arsenal this season, scoring two goals.

His long-term future remains under question as his contract with the club is up at the end of the season. Though the likes of AC Milan and Everton hover, the Gunners are confident he will sign a new deal.

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